Expanding perceptions, this weekend’s selection investigates new ways of seeing the world. From reinventing the past to taking a fresh look at the quotidian, these exhibitions provide examples of how creative practice can change ideas.
Fake Weather, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston.
Combining fantasy and reality, Julie Blackmon (b. 1966) finds the mythic in the everyday. The works – aptly pieced together from multiple shots – depict scenes of domestic chaos, capturing homes in a state of disorder. Using families as subjects, the artist draws a hyperreal portrait of personal moments. Until 3 January. www.robertkleingallery.com.
Urban Colour, Joseph Bellows Gallery, San Diego.
This show explores Wayne Source’s (b. 1946) large-scale colour photographs of the urban environment. The images explore the landscapes of Chicago and New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, capturing the era through a precise palette. Representing the metropolis as simultaneously bustling and static, Source captures buildings, cars and inhabitants with a considered, sculptural eye. Until 30 December. www.josephbellows.com.
Gordon Parks: A Choice of Weapons, Side Gallery, Newcastle.
Park’s (b. 1912) photographic narratives offer dialogues about the cultural, social and political tensions existing in America. The striking images highlight the struggle of African American citizens, foregrounding key questions of civil responsibility, human rights and modes of representation. Until 17 December www.autograph-abp.co.uk.
STEDELIJK BASE, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Designed by AMO/Rem Koolhaas and Federico Martelli, this new, permanent display comprises around 700 iconic pieces from the late-19th century to the present day. Providing a comprehensive overview of art history, the display foregrounds practitioners including Kazimir Malevich, Barnett Newman, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed van der Elsken, Yayoi Kusama, Sheila Hicks, Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas and Barbara Kruger. From 15 December. www.stedelijk.nl.
Christian Tagliavini, 1406, CAMERA WORK, Berlin.
This new series builds on Tagliavini’s wider oeuvre. By reinventing the iconography of classical portraits from the 1400s, the Swiss-Italian artist unites past and present. Bringing the power and grace of Italy’s Quattrocentro into the 21st century, the playful yet well-considered work pays homage to an iconic epoch. Until 24 February. www.camerawork.de.
1. JULIE BLACKMON, South & Pershing Street, 2017. Courtesy Robert Klein Gallery.
2. Wayne Source, Varick Street, New York, 1984. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery.
3. Eldridge Cleaver and His Wife Kathleen, Algiers, Algeria, 1970 by Gordon Parks, © / courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation
4. Barbara Kruger (1945) Untitled (Past, Present, Future), digital print on vinyl, acquired in 2012, the installation of the work in 2017 is made possible by ProWinko ProArt. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
5. Christian Tagliavini, La Moglie dell’Orefice, 2017. Courtesy CAMERA WORK.